LA Chinatown a Bit of Asia in Our Own Backyard

Two hours north of San Diego lies the “enchanting Charm of Old China in Los Angeles.” The founding fathers of the Asian community made this proclamation on June 25, 1938, upon the grand opening of the Central Plaza in the heart of L.A.’s Chinatown.

The Chinese were first recorded to be in Los Angeles in 1852. A small cadre of mostly men settled on the grounds where Union Station now sits.

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